A talk by Jacob Maine about collecting, analyzing and presenting very large amounts of data. Introduces the problems of big data, mentions some of the relevant technologies and gives a bit of advice about designing solutions.
Urban Dictionary is a Ruby on Rails application and the 109th most visited site in the country according to Quantcast. Today it runs entirely in the cloud — on Heroku, AWS and Akamai — and per-user costs are lower than ever. Founder Aaron Peckham discusses recent infrastructure changes to the site, the costs and benefits of each change, and tricks to minimize risk while making changes to a large site.
Dart is more than a new structured web programming language. Google’s Dart Developer Advocate, Seth Ladd, talks about the philosophy and motivation for this new open source developer platform. There’s an overview of the language, libraries, and tools that help developers from all platforms build apps for the modern web.
Responsive web design is about a lot more than the size of your screen. Kyle Neath, Director of Design for GitHub, talks about about how GitHub handles links, the url bar, partial page updates, and explains why he thinks the HTML5 history API is the most important thing to happen to front end development since Firebug.
Kyle Neath talks about responsive web design.
Agile brings the idea that when designing a product, collaboration produces better results than conflict, but all too often a familiar us-vs-them war breaks out between developers and operations. Devops is a buzzword, but in reduction it means putting the people in charge of writing the code in charge of keeping it running. Pivot Matthew Kocher attempts to convince you that you want to run your own site, and teaches you a little bit about how to do it.
Matthew Kocher talks about devops for developers.
Ben Adida, Mozilla’s Director of Identity, talks about BrowserID, “an experimental new way of signing into websites.”
This year Pivotal Labs enlarged the definition of Movember to include mohawks, a mustache for your head. Watch as the SF Pivots get their heads shaved for a good cause! We’re so happy to have raised $40K for prostate and testicular cancer research.